Ritz and Pence Meet, Discuss Board of Education
November 27, 2013 — Today Indiana’s Governor, Mike Pence, and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, issued a joint statement regarding their intent to work together to resolve issues surrounding the State Board of Education. This is the first joint statement issued by the Republican governor and Democrat former teacher since Ritz was elected last November.
In identical press releases from the Department of Education and the Governor’s office, Pence and Ritz agreed that their meeting Tuesday was the first step toward resolving conflict surrounding the board.
Last month Ritz sued nine board members claiming they had met in secret and acted without her authority.
According to today’s statement, both elected officials have agreed to allow the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to “facilitate a conversation among the members of the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE) regarding roles, responsibilities, and the operations of the Board.” The statement adds that Ritz and Pence did discuss the Center for Education and Career Innovation, a Pence initiative which Ritz has claimed is designed to inhibit her authority as the state’s top education official. Ritz says the meeting was a needed first step, however much work remains to be done.